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Dawn Soto (President)
Dawn L. Soto is the Executive Director of the St. Luke’s Magic Valley Health Foundation She is a recovering Banker of 25 years. MBA in Business, Gonzaga University (Go ZAGS!) MA in Nonprofit Development and Philanthropy, Univ. of Northern Iowa, Graduation date = May 2019. BA in Business, ISU, Pocatello Idaho. Dawn’s been married for 20 years with 3 kids: ages 28, 15, and 8. Favorite Hobby: Kicking it with family and friends on “The Old Lady”, our 1999 Pontoon boat. Life goal: to be a professional golfer (or maybe just learn to play better).
Eva Craner (1st Vice President)
Eva Craner was born and raised in Buhl, Idaho and attended Boston University where she studied communications and public policy, with an emphasis on education policy inspired by her parents who both work in public education. Eva returned to Buhl in 2012 to marry Trent Craner, also of Buhl. She began working for the Twin Falls School District in 2014 and pursued a master’s degree from Purdue University shortly thereafter. Eva is 2nd vice president of The Optimist Club of Twin Falls, Idaho, Inc., serves on the Blue Lakes Rotary Board and Twin Falls Education Foundation Board, and is an ambassador for the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Eva is an avid outdoorsman and when she isn’t promoting public education you can likely find her on her paddle board, hunting, or riding her bike with Trent and their two dachshunds (yes, the dogs go on the paddle boards and wear life jackets).
Lee Ann Cline (2nd Vice President)
Chris Stearns (Secretary)
Dennis Bowyer (Treasurer)
Dennis graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1975, received an Associate of Arts degree from College of Southern Idaho in 1977 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Whitworth University in 1980. Dennis was the recreation supervisor with the City of Twin Falls from 1981 to 1996 and was promoted to director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Twin Falls in 1996 until his retirement in 2016. During his employment, Dennis oversaw the development and management of parks, recreation activities, canyon rim trails, municipal golf course, municipal swimming pool and all other activities and development pertaining to parks and recreation for the City of Twin Falls. Dennis has been a member of The Optimist Club of Twin Falls, Idaho, Inc. since 1982, was president in 1986-1987, and has held all other offices in the club. Dennis serves on the Twin Falls Community Board and Magic Valley Arts Council. He was a member of the Idaho Recreation and Park Association from 1983 to 2016, president of the association from 1999-2001 and held most all other offices in the association and a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Magic Valley from 1993-2000 and was the first president of the board from 1993-1995.
Anna Scholes (Past President)
Anna is a community pharmacist and a member of the Board of Trustees at the College of Southern Idaho. In addition to the Optimist Club, Anna is a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of the Magic Valley, the Twin Falls Education Foundation, and the St. Luke’s East Region Quality, Safety and Service Excellence Committee. She is happily married to Dr. Chris Scholes and they have two children. Anna enjoys traveling, walking her dogs and working on community projects.
Robin was born in Jacksonville, NC and has been a member of the Twin Falls Community since the 4th Grade. She has been married to Wayne for 38 years and they have one daughter, Sara. Robin has been in the travel business since 1991 and has worked for Desert Sun Travel for the past seven years; two years as an Independent Contractor and five years as Inside Sales and Marketing. Robin has been involved with The Optimist Club of Twin Falls, Idaho, Inc. since 1992. She is a past president and past secretary and has held many board positions and chaired many committees, such as, Childhood Cancer, Membership, Wings & Things, ABC Program (Always Buckle Children in the Back Seat, distributing approximately 75,000 brochures in the community), and much more. Robin has also helped with the operation of the Club’s Facebook and Website. Robin is also a member with the Jerome Club and is involved with the PNWD Board of Directors on many levels; chaired District Essay, CCC, and many more. She is currently the PNWD membership chair for Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Robin is a member of the Twin Falls Chamber Ambassadors, served as chair for the Ambassadors in 2016, and is on the Twin Falls Chamber Board of Directors.
Ron is an employee of Farmer’s Bank and has been a member of The Optimist Club of Twin Falls, Idaho, Inc. since 2016.
Kathleen moved from Petaluma, CA to Twin Falls Idaho in 2002 to raise her family. She sold real estate for 17 years and was owner of Magic Valley Realty in 2007 and then merged her company with Sun Valley Brokers to form Keller Williams Realty Sun Valley Southern Idaho. In 2017 she sold her shares and transferred her license to Gem State Realty. In 2019 Kathleen joined Guild Mortgage as a loan officer which was a longtime dream. Home ownership remains Kathleen’s passion today along with supporting the youth in our community. Kathleen was a past president of the Twin Falls After Hours Rotary Club and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow award in 2011. Today Kathleen is a member Twin Falls Optimist Club which raises money to help local kids in our community.
US Army Brat, US Air Force Veteran, 1962 Louisiana Tech graduate, ex-Country Western DJ, retired from DOI (Bureau of Reclamation) in 2011 after 45 years of service as a Contracting Officer, lived in Idaho since 1990, lived in Twin Falls for 6 years. Married, no children (three dogs), Meals on Wheels driver, MVUUF member.